World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman has hit back at Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum after the legendary promoter insulted him.
In an official statement sent out via email Sulaiman said the following
Promoter Arum insulted me in the press with a swear that I wouldn’t dare to type out for respect specially to ladies. I think of Bob Arum is one of the greatest Promoters that my eyes have seen, but also that he has no class, has no idea of what a gentleman is, and if he would be subjected to an open heart surgery, the doctors would find no heart. I have tried all my life to be his friend, and have always supported him specially at his rough times,but unfortunately, he does not know either the meaning of that word. He just can’t help it.
Arum selected Juan Manuel Márquez as he thought that he was no threat to Manny Pacquiao, his multi billion ace; I also believed, as a boxing fan, that Marquez was at his age, not going to beat Pacquiao. but Marquez proved Arum and myself wrong, as he might not have beaten him for some, but he did not lose either ; I am happy to accept it as it was a competitive fight good for boxing; Arum also is trying to sign the rematch , with his extraordinary sensitivity and keen perception and smell of where the love of his life, the color green. If he is really interested, it has to be in Mexico and nowhere else.
About 40 years ago, the immortal promoter George Parnassus told me : “José, if some day the Atomic bomb destroys the world and only Robert Arum and you remain on earth ,,,,,,,,, don’t you dare to give him your back; Perhaps it took me this long to understand what my hero George Parnassus meant.
November 18, 2011